Tree Pruning, Architecture & Longevity: A Practical Approach

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Central New York ReLeaf
2017 Urban Forestry Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to describe and demonstrate current structural pruning strategies to improve architecture on young, medium-aged, and older trees. Dr. Gilman will focus on the short- and long-term response of trees to pruning and show many real-world examples from across the globe. He will discuss not only what and how to improve structure and reduce the likelihood for failure, but also how the tree is likely to respond, incorporating current tree biomechanics research and experience.

This is an interactive hands-on program where you will watch trees being pruned and provide input. Active participation is expected of attendees. Trees of various sizes will be pruned in the field.

Sponsored by Central NY ReLeaf, NYSDEC Urban Forestry, NYS Urban Forestry Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

Topics and Speakers
Program Speaker:  Dr. Ed Gilman –Professor, University of Florida

Session One

Biomechanics and the Science of Tree Structure: Discover the applied research that supports structural pruning as the heart of risk reduction strategies.

Session Two

Developing a Sustainable Canopy Architecture: Learn to choose the correct live branches and stems to remove to prevent future problems.

Session Three

Pruning Methods that Improve Tree Structure: Despite ANSI pruning standards, pruning practices vary greatly from region to region. Adoption of well-written specifications can advance arborist professionalism by clarifying customer expectations.

Session Four

Outdoor Hands-On Structural Pruning Exercises: Taking the methods discussed in the morning, Dr. Gilman will lead a hand-on demonstration.

Session will take place outdoors, dress for the weather

Registration begins at 7:45 AM
Program begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 4:00 PM

To register, complete and mail this form by October 13th. Please make vouchers and checks payable to the New York State Urban Forestry Council (NYSUFC). Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

UFC or ReLeaf Member $60

Non-member $75

Late registration $95 (after 10/13)

For more information:

  • Sally Kellogg – 518-402-9428

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Kristina Ferrare
Resource Educator, Forestry
315.424.9485 x231


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9248 McKinley Ridge Road
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